WFMU and the Free Music Archive are challenging songwriters everywhere to unseat “Happy Birthday to You” from it’s cultural throne by composing possible replacements. The Birthday Song Contest seeks a few new Happy Birthday songs that are simple and catchy, with great earworm potential that can be sung in restaurants, bowling alleys, and even in TV shows and movies – free of charge.
The song "Happy Birthday To You" is the most recognizable song in the English language, but it can cost independent filmmakers an estimated $10,000 to clear the song for their films, and it will remain under copyright protection in the United States until 2030. This is a major stumbling block hindering the creation of new works of art. It's time to shake (or at least unsettle) “Happy Birthday” from it’s fortified cultural throne, and replace it with a melody that the children can sing without fear of being served.
November 11, 2015 Subject:
Thank you so much for this. I wanted to make a short film to send to my niece on her 21st Birthday and upload it through my youtube channel. It consists of a 21 chick salute, I guess I'm one of the rare people with over 21 small chicks free-ranging this late in the year. I came onto the Archive to find a suitable song and Alexander Klasen's version was just perfect. I also find it nonsense that anyone can claim copyright to 'Happy Birthday' and try to stop kids and film-makers alike...but then that has been the norm for too long.... All the very best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue